Zyprexa and Bi-Polar Mania

Zyprexa and Bi-Polar Mania

Bipolar mania is a condition of hyper-accelerated euphoria, self-confidence, and activity. These symptoms affect the victim's perception of the outside world, and interfere with personal and professional relationships. Mania causes the brain to exhaust the reserves of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters vital to proper mental health. Once exhausted and starved of these necessary chemicals, the brain ceases to function normally, so a manic episode is often the precursor of a depressed episode. Psychiatrists struggled for decades to balance the regulation of neurochemicals responsible for this life-interrupting condition.

Treatments called antipsychotic drugs were developed in the 1970s which provided relief from many of the symptoms of bipolar mania, but because they altered brain chemistry, they often inflicted side effects such as decreased motor control, uncontrollable muscle spasms, and drastic allergic reactions. These side effects gave rise to the development of "atypical" antipsychotics such as Zyprexa, which promised to treat bipolar mania with reduced occurrence of such side effects. Initial studies showed fewer neurological disabilities, but unfortunately Zyprexa interfered with the body's metabolism, causing a reduction of insulin sensitivity, an increase in obesity, and even a higher risk of stroke. Eli Lilly & Co, the company responsible for Zyprexa, probably knew of some of the significant risks their drug posed, but still released into the market in 1996 and has doubled Eli Lilly's profits in the span of only four years.

If you have suffered the ill effects of Zyprexa, then you need to contact a knowledgeable attorney so that you can be compensated for your painful experience. Don't wait though, for statutes of limitations can end your case before it can begin. Compensation for your suffering is within your reach. Contact our lawyers today for a free case review.

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